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Embracing Landscape: Living with Reindeer and Hunting among Spirits in South Siberia

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Embracing Landscape

Living with Reindeer and Hunting among Spirits in South Siberia

Selcen Küçüküstel

238 pages, 19 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-062-5 $135.00/£100.00 / Hb / Published (June 2021)

eISBN 978-1-80073-063-2 eBook

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“This is an engaging, well-written and lively ethnography of a group of Dukha families in Mongolia. It is situated within the anthropological literature on reindeer pastoralism but beyond that contributes a unique, lively perspective on a group of people who are poorly documented in English.” • David G. Anderson, University of Aberdeen

“With this book, Küçüküstel offers us a very timely and deeply insightful account of Dukha life. Her insights are the result of living with people over an extended period of time, and from experiencing what she describes by way of first hand participation. In this sense, her work is truly ethnographic. It is a beautiful account, at times deeply touching.” • Alex C. Oehler, University of Northern British Columbia, Canada


Examining human-animal relations among the reindeer hunting and herding Dukha community in northern Mongolia, this book focuses on concepts such as domestication and wildness from an indigenous perspective. By looking into hunting rituals and herding techniques, the ethnography questions the dynamics between people, domesticated reindeer, and wild animals. It focuses on the role of the spirited landscape which embraces all living creatures and acts as a unifying concept at the center of the human and non-human relations.

Selcen Küçüküstel is a social anthropologist who works as a post doctorate researcher at the University of Carlos III Madrid. She also works as a freelance photojournalist for different geography and culture magazines, covering anthropological stories from different parts of the world.

Subject: Anthropology (General)Environmental Studies (General)
Area: Asia


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